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New Statesman Readers Slam ‘Insolent Bloody Human Rights Lawyers’ Following ‘Shyster’ Barrister’s Pro-Human Rights Blog

Yes, that’s New Statesman readers… 1 Crown Office Row barrister Adam Wagner, who also edits the UK Human Rights Blog, has been savaged in the comments section of the New Statesman website for a piece he wrote for the apparently progressive publication… In the article, headlined ‘What would happen if the UK withdrew from the… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

President of the Law Society: “If career progression was based on pure merit, some male business leaders and law firm senior partners would never even have seen the paintings on the boardroom wall” [Evening Standard] Is Leveson inquiry interrogator Robert Jay making return to public life? [The Guardian] “Those new personalised Facebook status messages are… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 21 December

Julian Assange: “democracy is the sum of our resistance” [Head of Legal] ‘Julian Assange’s speech, as it sounded in the street outside taxis, hecklers and all. (It gets better after a minute)’ [Sound Cloud via Carl Gardner] How the UK Border Agency nearly blew Robin Hood Airport “sky high” – a calamity at the “Twitter… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

How to abuse people on Twitter and get away with it [The Guardian] Michael Douglas’s junkie son persuaded lawyer to sneak drugs into prison in her bra [Mail Online] The law behind the “Plebgate” row: What powers do the Downing Street police actually have? [New Statesman] Instagram denies having right to sell users’ photos [BBC… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 4 December

Google ‘should face libel laws over blogging site’ [Metro] Philadelphia judge ‘hangs himself after separating from his wife’ [Mail Online] Getting tough with litigants in person? [Marilyn Stowe Blog] Lord Leveson understands that legal back-up could improve the quality of journalism in Britain [The Independent] Deloitte survey: growing number of large firms preparing for ABS… Read more »

‘So Why Be A Lawyer? There Are Many Bad Reasons…’

Ed note: This is the sixth in a series of posts where leading members of the legal profession share their wisdom with the next generation of wannabes. The first five are here. We’ve been featuring one-a-week in the run-up to ‘Legal Cheek at the Google Campus‘ on Wednesday evening. Nothing quite prepares you for life… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Are magistrates and juries using Google to help them reach their verdicts? [The Telegraph] SNR Denton, Salans and FMC confirm three-way mega-merger [Legal Week] Spam text message pair are fined £440,000 [BBC News] 39 Essex Street confirms addition of 24-strong 4-5 Gray’s Inn team [The Lawyer] What “freedom of the press” should mean [New Statesman]… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Hit by cottaging revelations on Monday, becomes a university on Thursday: What a week for the College of Law! [Legal Cheek] Social media in perspective: why there are grounds for optimism in respect of the law [New Statesman] Fears LETR may lead to ‘misguided reform’ [Law Society Gazette] Lord McAlpine’s solicitor, Andrew Reid, on ITV… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 30 November

Legal aid cheats targeted by Ministry of Justice [BBC] Society of Black Lawyers calls on police to probe Clattenburg ‘racist remarks’ [ITV News] Hurricane Sandy: a list of legal world closures [Above the Law] Majority of top firms eyeing growth through merger as ABSs appear on the radar [Legal Futures] Russian justice: truth serum for… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 26 October

A death row struggle between advocates and lawyers [New York Times] Freshfields eyes Australia launch [Legal Week] Mufti day at Clifford Chance? [Harriet Minter and Frank Webster via Twitter] We can now elect police officers: but will anyone bother? [New Statesman] Lady Gaga to face anti-gay Russian legal backlash [Pink News] Judge reprimanded for shirtless… Read more »

Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race Protester Trenton Oldfield And His, Er, Oxford-Educated Lawyers…

While the decision to jail Trenton Oldfield has been greeted with shock – the New Statesman went as far as to describe the case as “our Pussy Riot” – there has also been amusement at the anti-elitism protester’s rather elite background. Oldfield attended one of Australia’s most highly-regarded fee-paying schools, before obtaining a masters degree at… Read more »

EVENT: Legal Cheek At The Google Campus

On the evening of Wednesday 5 December Legal Cheek is hosting a star-studded panel debate at the Google Campus in Shoreditch. Speakers include New Statesman legal correspondent David Allen Green, UK Human Rights Blog editor and practising barrister Adam Wagner, magic circle lawyer-turned-Queen Mary University of London academic Jill Marshall, Accutrainee founder Susan Cooper, Seed… Read more »

End Of the Day Round Up

Dechert’s Miriam Gonzalez v 39 Essex Street’s Justine Thornton [Mail Online] Manchester Metropolitan University law student jailed for £1.5m VAT scam [Manchester Evening News] Social media laws to be discussed in wake of prosecutions [BBC] Judicious restraints [The Kernel] Unhappy consumers ‘intimidated by jargon’ [Law Society Gazette] ‘Statutory’ is not a bogey word [New Statesman]

End Of The Day Round-Up

Trainee lawyer, 22, who sued cruise firm after being hit by flying sun lounger is facing bankruptcy as legal bills spiral to £350,000 [Mail Online] The Times settles Nightjack claim for £42,500 plus costs [New Statesman] Former journo’s claim that it “has long been an ambition of mine” to be appointed Justice Secretary and Lord… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 4 October

Judge slams ‘unthinkable’ EU human rights cases as he dismisses claim by two prisoners over slopping out [Mail Online] Personal injury lawyer who called news anchor too fat for TV: whatever, she’s still fat [Gawker] Solicitor quits the law to become top windsurfer [The Argus] World famous QC passes away [The Spoof] Simon Singh threatened… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

‘It is inconceivable that Mr Cruise would have difficulty getting a girlfriend’: Church of Scientology’s law firm, Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside, sends an extraordinary letter to Vanity Fair [ScientologyNews.Org, with commentary at the New Statesman] Would be juror who claimed ‘extremely homophobic and racist views’ faces prosecution [The Telegraph] Chris Grayling MP – Benefit… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 10 September

‘Litigation culture’ is making Britain less safe, says report [The Independent] It really DIDN’T fit: Furious lawyers dismiss claims they tampered with glove in OJ Simpson trial [Mail Online] The courage of Judge Peter Bowers [New Statesman] The verdict in the case of softie Judge Peter Bowers is unanimous [The Sun] Son of High Court… Read more »

Chris Grayling Appointment: Top Ten Horrified Reactions

News of the first non-lawyer appointment to the role of Lord Chancellor since the Archbishop of York under Queen Mary in 1558 has riled members of the legal profession… 1. loveandgarbage 2. Anonymous lawyer on Linkedin “I think David Cameron has made a big mistake replacing Ken Clarke with Chris Greyling [sic]. Ken Clarke is… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 8 August

Disgraced former lawyer avoids jail over £8k drug find – Evening Gazette An “extreme” prosecution? – New Statesman Keeping up with the Kardashians’ fibs: Is Rob Kardashian even going to law school? – Above the Law Is studying law boring? – The Guardian Professor Gus John to carry out SRA racism review – Law Society… Read more »

#RoundMyKitchenTable: Orwell Prize Shortlisted Law Blogger Milly Bancroft On The Rise Of The New Media Set

On Tuesday, legal blogger Amanda “Milly” Bancroft found out, via Twitter, that she’d made the shortlist for the prestigious Orwell Prize For Blogging as she sat watching a panel of top journalists discuss the future of law reporting at a Halsbury’s Law Exchange debate. At which point, Bancroft roared: “Get in!” Then, like a legal… Read more »